The Oxygen Farmer

CamCat. Dec. 2023. 320p. ISBN 9780744306675. $28.99. SF
Luna Colony, 2077. Millennium Harrison is the only man to have lived on the Moon for decades as its first, and only, oxygen farmer. Just days away from his last job, he stumbles upon a century-old secret that someone will stop at nothing to keep hidden. But this secret comes with a massive cost and may unravel years of global space cooperation to colonize Mars. Time is ticking and humanity’s last hope relies on one cantankerous man. This is a space novel that turns the space travel plot on its head. Instead of the utopian idea of humanity racing towards space exploration, Holmes’s (Thunder Road) new novel explores a more prosaic, yet realistic, idea of humanity racing to keep itself alive and interacting with space.
VERDICT With a fascinating fictional scenario that connects history with the future, Holmes once again tackles conspiracy, subterfuge, and murder, but he takes it out of this world in his latest novel. Readers who enjoy Andy Weir’s novels, books like The Manchurian Candidate and 2001: A Space Odyssey, and TV shows such as Babylon 5 will want to put this one on their to-read lists.
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